It’s one thing to produce wood watches. It’s another to produce wood watches that are as solid as they are appealing.
Not only do Woodgrain watches look great, but they last. Why? Because of the woods we use.
Each Woodgrain watch is handmade by an artisan craftsman and features high-quality, long-lasting, and ultra-quiet Japanese Quartz Movement. (And coming this summer, we will be adding several new styles featuring Swiss movement!) And when it comes to wood, we select only the best all-natural materials to create unique styles that meet the unique needs of our customers.
Here’s a little bit about the woods we use:
Similar in look and feel to mahogany, this wood can only be found in Hawaii, where the volcanic soil contributes to its dark, red color, and its wavy grain pattern. Used to make the first surfboards, koa is harvested under strict rules—only dead or decaying trees on public lands can be used—which has driven up demand for the wood, and made it a bigger revenue source than cattle for those harvesting it.
Microberlinia wood—also known as zebrano or “zebra” wood—can be found in stocks of firearms and high-end guitars, and has also been used in Cadillac and Mercedes-Benz automobiles. While this light brown wood is strong, stiff, and dense, its main appeal is its bold and unique striping that resembles a zebra’s stripes.
Classic and reliable, walnut is straight-grained and ranges in color from chocolate brown to yellow. This hard, solid, and stable wood can polish to a very smooth finish and stand up to intricate carving, making it a great choice for things like furniture pieces, mantles, and, of course, Woodgrain watches.
Ebony’s use dates back to the tombs of Ancient Egypt, and it is widely used today in cabinets and musical instruments. The wood is very dense and stiff, and is typically jet-black in color with virtually no grain, though it may occasionally contain dark brown or grayish-brown streaks. This texture and color combination makes for one of our most stunning (and popular) watch styles.
Not only do our wood watches look good, but they last, too. Maple is commonly used for things like bowling pins, baseball bats, and butcher’s blocks, and its durability is perfect for Woodgrain wearers who want wood that can keep up with their active lifestyles. A creamy white wood that sometimes features a reddish tinge, maple does an equally great job of taking a dark stain—and a beating.
In extremely high demand as much for its oil as much as its use as a craft material, sandalwood is a heavy, fine-grained wood that has a unique ability to maintain its appealing aromatic qualities for decades. Sandalwood comes from tropical trees in India, Australia, Hawaii, and many islands of the South Pacific, and is widely used in ornamental carving, as well as in the construction of cabinetry and insect-repellent boxes and chests. Our sandalwood watches come in red and black.
While technically not made from actual wood, our bamboo watch might be our single most durable style. The largest member of the grass family, bamboo is an extremely versatile material that’s used as a building material, raw product, and (yes, even) a food source across the globe. Bamboo’s specific compressive strength is higher than wood, brick, or concrete, and its tensile strength rivals steel. All of this makes it a strong choice for a wood watch.
Which is your favorite style and why? Let us know in the comments below!